chapter  1
Phonological awareness: beyond phonemes
ByCLARE WOOD, LESLY WADE-WOOLLEY AND ANDREW J. HOLLIMAN
Pages 17

Current models of reading development emphasise segmental phonological awareness as the basis for success in reading and spelling development. This chapter explores the possibility that suprasegmental phonology may have a contribution to make in explaining both the origins of segmental phonological awareness in beginning readers, but also polysyllabic word reading in more experienced readers. The chapter reviews the evidence suggesting a link between decoding skills and sensitivity to aspects of speech rhythm. These accounts build to a model, which explains the possible contribution of speech rhythm to reading development.